In short: Hot, hilly in parts, well marshalled, great finish atmosphere In full: A 2pm start on one of the hottest days of the year with the hills to be climbed concentrated in the second quarter of the race made this tougher than the distance and overall height gain would suggest.
There were plenty of marshals who did a very good job. Ending in the middle of the Village Fair made for a great finishing reception even for those well down the field. Parking and loos were both as good as it gets.
One suggestion for the future - if it is exceptionally hot a second water station would have been very welcome. To be fair, there seemed to be an impromptu attempt to provide some water for tail-enders at about 6 miles. Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Hot and hilly In full: A mid July race with a start time of 2pm can be rather hot! 30C with just the one water station meant I felt rather thirsty on the last 3 miles. Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Weell done to the organisers In full: The main thjing to say here is well done tpo the organisers for making this happen at all following the demise of the flower show and the poor weather in the days before the race. A miracle of flexible planning and organisation, so many thanks for keeping this running Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Well done! In full: Thanks to the hard work and regular updates of the organisers, the race was able to go ahead. Yes the route was changed but the weather was terrible in the previous weeks and evidence of recent flooding was still present. Not as big a turnout as previous years but still a great race. Once again many thanks SLH Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: very well organised as always In full: The orgaisers worked wonders toensure that the event went ahead following the demise of this year's flower show due to a little rain. Added to that much less car parking space. A challenging event as always and no frills - well worth the effort. Date of review: July 14, 2012
In short: nice but not as good as previous years In full: have done this race for a few years now and yes the cancellation of the show and fair took the highlight of the race for me. to be fair the weather was a big problem but some of the last minute changes worked well, parking was fine in the allocated car parks but the club house was a nightmare if like me you entered on the day. at the end you got a nice medal which made it all worth while, lastly a BIG thank you to all the marshalls who braved the horrible weather without you races would never happen.... Date of review: July 14, 2012
In short: Well organised and charming In full: A very enjoyable event, well-marshalled and well organised, being part of the flower show makes for a nice atmosphere. The course is quite undulating but PB potential is high as this is about the only 7 mile race that I know. Good to have a race on a Saturday and we were very lucky with the rain, which stopped about 10 minutes before the race began. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Very well marshalled on quiet road course In full: Having run badly marshalled races it was great to have a well-marshalled one - shows the value of having running clubs doing the organising. Unusual distance, so very little comparison for PBs. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Wet but didn't spoil it In full: It always helps if you have a good run, but I've done this race for 5 out of the last 6 years and quite a few times before that and they've been a mixed bag. The Chipstead Flower Festival, now in its 102nd year, is a blast from the past and helps lift this from an average race to something special. The course is undulating but perfectly runnable even for beginners and there's a great cameraderie plus of course it's on a Saturday which is good for those with other Sunday commitments. Highly recommended. Date of review: July 17, 2011